Hampshire families warned over power line danger

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FAMILIES have been warned to stay away from overhead power lines when enjoying the sunshine this summer.

Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) says parents and children should be aware of unexpected dangers when flying kites and planes.

Andy Brown, SEPD’s local electricity depot manager, said: ‘We were particularly alarmed recently when colleagues were called to a location on the Hampshire border following a power cut.

‘It transpired two youngsters had taken a kite-powered buggy into a field and were powering along, helped by a strong breeze, too late to notice the overhead lines above them.

‘Their kite got caught and pulled down two 11,000-volt overhead lines, which caused the electricity to trip.

‘These youngsters were extremely lucky to emerge unscathed – and the danger cannot be overstated here. You must look before you decide where to operate high-flying objects.’

Visit ssepd.co.uk for more information.